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My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

Possible: It is disturbing when ovarian cancer returns so quickly after chemotherapy. The possibility of a cure and no further treatment is small. There are effective treatments but they are designed to control the disease. You might want to discuss the game plan in more detail with your oncologist
i'm sorry to hear about your problem. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

Uncommon: Ovarian cancer typically does not go to lymph nodes except in a minority of patients where pelvic and para-aortic nodes can be affected. On rare occasions inguinal lymph nodes can be the site of ovarian cancer metastasis. ...Read more

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What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

Many can: Non-hodgkin's lymphoma and hodgkin's lymphoma commonly cause swelling of lymph nodes.

But any cancer that spreads to a lymph node can cause swelling of the involved lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Seek medical exam: Your oncologist needs to know about this groin node if you have not yet told him. Since your ca 125 is still in the normal range, I would not draw any conclusions but your doctor needs to examine you and guide you. It is best not to follow your disease with ca125 right now as it will likely have such fluctuatiosns, causing you to be nervous and anxious, yet it does not help in making treatment decis. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Not likely: Ovarian cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes and peritoneum, i.e., the lining of the abdomen. A single enlarged retro-auricular lymph node is not likely to be due to ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

Frozen section,,,: What is done during surgery for this or other operations for malignancy is usually a frozen section, not a biopsy. This is taken so the doctors know if there is tumor or if they got all the tumor if there is one. The results are reported at that time but it is preliminary. The official result comes after surgical dissection and examination and takes 2-3 days. Then the dr. Tells the pt. ...Read more

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Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

YES: The spread is usually intra-pelvic and intra-abdominal
. INGUINAL nodes may be involved but spread ABOVE THE DIAPHRAGM is unusual and is usually to the lungs!

Hope this helps!
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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008. No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008. No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

Gyn oncology: You should see a gyn onc first. Surgery may be appropriate. There may also be a role for chemo which many gyn oncs give their own chemo. A possible alternative to surgery if you choose not to do it may be a newer type of radiation called sbrt. ...Read more

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My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node What is life expectency with Treat?

My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node What is life expectency with Treat?

No way to tell: Some of these are super-slow growers and she may have more good years ahead. Her oncologist can look at the pathology report and tell her the chances -- and it's always "percentage odds" rather than life expectancy. ...Read more

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Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Yes: Enlarged or swelled ovary could be sign of ovarian cancer. Need careful follow-up. If persist need biopsy. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes mean cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Although some types of cancer may present with enlarged lymph nodes that can also occur because of infections. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Do swollen lymph nodes icrease your risk of developing cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes: Swollen lymph nodes do not increase your risk of cancer, and while swollen nodes may be a sign of a cancerous process, there are many benign causes as well. For instance, many acute and chronic infections can lead to lymph node enlargement. Autoimmune type conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus can cause enlarged lymph nodes as well. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Swollen lymph nodes, cancer inside thigh?

Not necessary: From your post, I am guessing your swollen nodes are in the groins. This may be due to injury, infection or cancer. If the nodes are small and unchanged for may years, nothing to worry about. If the nodes have been getting larger, then you should talk with your doctor. Some cancer assocaited with swollen groin nodes are lymphoma, melanoma, and testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (women). ...Read more

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Cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck, how to know?

Cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck, how to know?

Must be evaluated: There is no way for you personally to know the cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck. You should visit your doctor
the great majority of the time, they are coming from an infection in your throat, mouth, face, or even infection in the nodes themselves. Cancer can be a cause but is less liely. Go and find out for sure. ...Read more

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How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

See a doc: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by cancer but also other things like infection. Your doctor will evaluate you and determine if it's proper to watch them for a little while of if they are significant enough to warrant a biopsy. Best to you. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck for 4 years. If it was cancer would I have sypmtoms?

Swollen lymph nodes in neck for 4 years. If it was cancer would I have sypmtoms?

Yes: There are many causes for enlarged cervical lymph nodes, some are malignancy and some are not. First of all, you may not be feeling lymph nodes. Get an examination by a doctor and if indeed you are feeling nodes, a biopsy may be done. Please get help. Good luck ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump for 4 years with no growth or change but nearby swollen lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Hard immovable lump for 4 years with no growth or change but nearby swollen lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Scar tissue: It's common for a teen to have a lymph node that's a battleground for bacteria. These are your friends, and occasionally one or more get scarred up. Leave it alone and be grateful. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter has swollen lymph nodes in 4 places all over her body for over a year now when should it go away or could it be cancer?

My 2 year old daughter has swollen lymph nodes in 4 places all over her body for over a year now when should it go away or could it be cancer?

Needs check up: Your child needs to be examined to make sure the liver and spleen are normal
she need a blood count and needs to be evaluated for mono, or cmv infection ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and clavical for 9 months. U/s stated within normal range and bloods normal. Could this still be cancer?

I've had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and clavical for 9 months. U/s stated within normal range and bloods normal. Could this still be cancer?

Are they getting big: Ger or staying the same? Any pain or other symptoms? The fact that u/s & lab work was done, indicates you have seen your gp.
The best way for a complete diagnosis is a biopsy to get some tissue from the swelling.
You should go to a surgeon and have this done. The earlier you can do it, the sooner you get an answer. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes (cervical) for 15 months, size almost (2cm) no other symptoms, can this be cancer?

Yes: The presence of enlarged cervical nodes present for several months without resolving suggests possible malignancy. If this were due to a head and neck malignancy, the primary would be manifest by now as a large ulcerating oral cancer or a lesion of thyroid. Since no mention of such a lesion, one must suspect lymphoma. Biopsy of node essential for dx. ...Read more

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I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

I'm really worried it could be a tumor or cancer, I'm not sick or anything so I doubt it's swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

See a doc: I'm not even sure I understand what's going on with you but I strongly urge you to quit worrying, turn off your computer, and call your doctor for a good evaluation. Online docs cannot help you any further. I hope it's nothing serious. ...Read more

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Two swollen lymph nodes in groin area. Afraid I have cancer in reproductive system. Is this rare or common?

Two swollen lymph nodes in groin area. Afraid I have cancer in reproductive system. Is this rare or common?

Not Gyn: If the presence of groin nodes do not represent a primary process in those nodes such as Infection or tumor then if there is existing pathology it has spread from well defined sites such as thigh or even lower leg, vulvae, or perianal area. Cancer in reproductive system when noted in nodes are defined by those in the pelvic hypogastric area. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes with pain in my right leg for some time now. Hoping its not cancer could it be something else?

Many things: Lymph nodes can be enlarged for many reasons. Infections, cancer such as lymphoma are possible. Please see a health care professional. ...Read more

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I have two 1 cm swollen lymph nodes in neck. They have been there for years but have recently been getting bigger/firmer. Possible cancer?

Unlikely: Everybody has a couple of nodes that wax and wane. They are your friends. If it is cancer, they will be obviously abnormal. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in face and neck for 5 years causing swelling. How can I make my Dr's take me seriously? Scared it may be cancer.

I have swollen lymph nodes in face and neck for 5 years causing swelling. How can I make my Dr's take me seriously? Scared it may be cancer.

Bx if necessary: Rule is that if there is a cancer that is left alone it will GROW on you. If there are questionable unchanged lumps in the face and neck for 5 years they can not be of concern. If they enlarge, become painful or increase in number then bx is indicated. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck! Right side one has been swollen for a month and a half, left side lymph nodes developed within, cancer? Biopsy coming up

Swollen lymph nodes in neck! Right side one has been swollen for a month and a half, left side lymph nodes developed within, cancer? Biopsy coming up

Ans: Lymph nodes become inflamed for many possible causes. Now they can take several months to resolve. You are having a biopsy so that is fine but did you ever have your blood drawn? Do you know those results? ...Read more

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Friend has a 4cm kidney tumor believed to be cancer. Also swollen lymph nodes. What are the odds the lymph nodes have cancer and how could be treated?

Friend has a 4cm kidney tumor believed to be cancer. Also swollen lymph nodes. What are the odds the lymph nodes have cancer and how could be treated?

Maybe: If the lymph nodes that are enlarged are near the kidney and were identified by ct scan, then it is likely that they are affected by cancer. If enlarged nodes are far away from the kidney, then it is less likely but still possible to be affected by cancer. Treatment for any cancer is dependent on histology (cell type), clinical stage, and other clinical factors-your friend needs an oncologist. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Have swollen lymph nodes in 3 places, breast, groin and armpit. Could I have cancer?

Uncertain: Other things besides cancer can cause lymph node enlargement but it certainly warrants being checked out by you primary care physician. They may elect to follow you for a few weeks to see if it doesn't go away. If not, they may refer you to someone to do a sampling which can be done as a small surgery or needle procedure. ...Read more

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Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

Chronically generalized swollen lymph nodes for three years. All less than - 1.5 cm. & all moveable. No growth or change. Cancer?

No: Every older teen has some of these in the neck. If they're not growing rapidly, not grotesquely oversized, not fixed to the nearby structures, and not stony-hard, stop worrying. ...Read more

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